From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes another deliciously deadly culinary mystery...
Spring has officially arrived, and while the weather outside may still be frightful, Sally Muccio is feeling especially delightful as she prepares a homemade family dinner in honor of her husband’s birthday. Sal’s determined to make it an unforgettable night for Mike and even includes homemade fortune cookies like the ones her bakery serves, with messages personalized for each guest.
The evening is memorable, but not as Sal had hoped, when Mike and a family friend find themselves in the middle of an armed robbery...and only one will make it out alive. It’s just the beginning of more grief for Sal, who soon discovers the robbery is related to a scheme that spells financial ruin for her family. Add in her morbid father’s book signing at the bakery complete with coffin shaped cookies, a sister who won’t stop eating them, and an accidental gig at a local strip club, and Sal once again finds herself in deep dough. Only this time, there may not be a way out...
The Cookies & Chance Mysteries:
Tastes Like Murder (book #1)
A Spot of Murder (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)
Baked to Death (book #2)
Burned to a Crisp (book #3)
Frosted With Revenge (book #4)
Silenced by Sugar (book #5)
A Drizzle Before Dying (short story in the "Pushing Up Daisies" collection)
Crumbled to Pieces (book #6)
What critics are saying:
"A fantastic cozy mystery!"
"I want to visit more with all of the quirky characters just to see what crazy and outrageous things they will do next!"
"The Cookies and Chance Mystery series is more than just a series....it's a family !! Once you read the first book, you are hooked and feel like a member of the crazy Muccio family."
—Cozy Mystery Book Reviews
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Catherine lives in Upstate New York with a male dominated household that consists of her very patient husband, three sons, and assorted cats and dogs. She has wanted to be a writer since the age of eight when she wrote her own version of Cinderella (fortunately Disney never sued). Catherine holds a B.A. in English and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have never read this series but I really liked this book. i will be seeking out more .
Sprinkled in Malice may just be the best book in the series. I have read them all. Sally and her crazy family and friends feel like my extended family. You can read the blurb. I am not going to rehash the plot. As always, Ms. Bruns characters sparkle and there are a ton of plot twists that keep the reader guessing. You simply must read this book!
Everything is going well for Mike and Sally Donovan. Sure Sally and Josie have to deal with a downturn in customers at the bakery, but that's just temporary. For Mike's birthday Sally is having her whole family over for dinner-a dinner she is making without Grandma Rose's help! When she realizes she doesn't have sprinkles to finish the special confetti cookie dessert, she asks Mike to pick some up on his way home. But when Mike is late-very late-getting home, Sally is worried that it is more than a problem with sprinkles! What happens next is a horror story that no spouse should have to deal with. Written in he usual excellent style, author Catherine Bruns tells us of problem after problem in the Donovan's lives. Be it their life as a couple, as a business owner, as an individual, or as a family member, it all seems almost insurmountable. But Sally and Josie don't know the meaning of giving up, and eventually life gets straightened out and there is cause for happiness once again. A wonderful book in a great series!
Poor Mike has an awful birthday - he is involved in a shooting and then finds out that he has been cheated out of money from his business. Sal takes it upon herself to investigate both the shooting and the money problem. It was well written, you can really feel Sal's emotions, especially with the shooting. Her father and his whole book signing is hilarious. This was a fun, easy read.
I really enjoy this series. Sally, Josie and the gang keep me entertained to the last word!
It is always fun to return to Colwestern, New York to see what kind of trouble that Sally and her sidekick Josie can get into. Sally is preparing a birthday meal for hubby Mike and her family when she hears on the police scanner of a robbery at a local market where she had asked Mike to pick up some sprinkles for cookies that she is baking. She was afraid that he might be involved in the robbery and that he might be hurt. She quickly drove to the market to discover that Mike had been shot and taken to the hospital. His employee Trevor was not so lucky. Mike is okay after surgery and recovering in a room. When Mike asked Sally to pay a couple of bills for him, the amount and job billing looked suspicious. Trevor's name was on the job and she decided to find out what was going on. She put on her sleuthing hat, grabbed Josie from the bakery, Sally's Samples, and started investigating. Sally and Josie had lots of people to check out and have a way of getting into some scary and yet funny situations. Sally's wacky family always add some laughs too. Her sister Gianna and boyfriend Johnny are expecting a baby and Grandma Rosa is working on crocheting something for him while staying with Mike. There is a happy ending to the story but lots of action until the end. This is a great addition to the series and I am looking forward to another in the future. I received a complimentary ARC from Gemma Halliday Publishing. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.